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10/22/13 - The Texans waived three rookies -- running back Cierre Wood, outside linebacker Willie Jefferson and defensive end Sam Montgomery -– for violating team rules at the Texans' hotel in Kansas City the night before the game.
Coach Gary Kubiak sent them home, made them inactive for the game and then placed them on waivers.
"I won't discuss team rules," Kubiak said.
"I feel like they wasted a big opportunity," outside linebacker Brooks Reed said. "I'm sure they're realizing it right now. It's crazy and unfortunate because they had a great opportunity here to be successful. They just didn't get it. I don't understand why someone would do that to themselves."
The decision to make Wood inactive for the game hurt the team because running backs Arian Foster (hamstring) and Ben Tate (ribs) suffered injuries. Wood would have received a lot of playing time.
"It's disappointing because each of them had promise," defensive end Antonio Smith said. "For one of them (Wood), it would have been his time to write his resume. Everybody was surprised. It's a hard hit, especially with what happened in the game.
"We knew before the game. Coach told us. He always lets us know the decisions he's going to make. Then you get into the game, and Arian gets hurt, and Ben gets hurt, and it puts the team in a predicament. You've got to care more about your team."
The decision to release the three rookies left general manager Rick Smith and pro personnel director Brian Gardner looking for replacements.
"Yes, we could have (used Wood)," offensive tackle Duane Brown said. "It's very frustrating to have that happen knowing we had a back that was capable of carrying the load for us. It was a big missed opportunity on his part.
"I wish those guys well. I hope they're able to bounce back from this situation and land on their feet somewhere."
04/29/13 - 2013 NFL DRAFT: TOP 10 UNDRAFTED UNDERCLASSMEN: 5. RB Cierre Wood, Notre Dame (5-11, 213, 4.56)...Although he had an up-and-down collegiate career, Wood flashed NFL talent throughout his time in South Bend and has the skills to contribute in a zone-blocking scheme. But lackluster production and some off-field questions (two-game 2012 suspension for breaking team rules) made him unworthy of a draft pick. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/29/13 - 2013 Notre Dame Pro Day: Cierre Wood, running back (5-11 1/4, 218) - Wood ran 4.52 and 4.51. He posted a 4.25 time in the short-shuttle drill, 6.81 in the three-cone, and kept his vertical and broad jump numbers from the combine. He also did 18 strength reps and performed a postion workout. - Gil Brandt, NFL.com
01/14/13 - If Brian Kelly is able to lead Notre Dame back to the BCS championship next year he'll do so without the Irish's top two rushers from 2012. Notre Dame knew it would be losing senior Theo Riddick, but junior running back Cierre Wood will also be leaving. He will forgo his senior season and is entering the 2013 NFL draft.
The 6-0, 215-pound Wood averaged an eye-popping 6.7 yards per carry for the Irish in 2012, finishing second to Riddick (880 yards) with 740 rushing yards and four touchdowns despite starting just four of the 10 games he played. Wood was suspended for the first two games of the season by Kelly for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
Wood is a naturally elusive runner with the burst to and through the hole, plus lateral agility to make defenders miss. These traits, along with good vision, speed and size make him an intriguing NFL prospect with enough upside to warrant middle-round consideration. Wood doesn't run as powerfully as his size would indicate and remains a bit rough around the edges as a pass blocker, however, which is why NFLDraftScout.com currently rates him as the No. 20 running back prospect in the 2013 draft.
The 2013 draft is lacking a consensus top running back prospect and therefore is perceived by some to be lacking in talent. There is good depth at the position, however, which makes Woods' leap a bit of a gamble. The difference between his being being drafted in the third round or the sixth could come down to the performance he has in pre-draft workouts and the feedback teams receive when investigating his suspension. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com
12/16/12 - 2012 FBS ALL-INDEPENDENT HONORABLE MENTION: RB Cierre Wood (Sr.), has been selected All-Independent Honorable Mention for the 2012 college football season by members of a nationwide media panel, which includes equal representation from each of the independent institutions’ coverage markets. - Notre Dame football